Negrense runners once again made their presence felt in the annual Milo Marathon with Eric Panique ruling the men’s event in the Manila qualifying, Sunday.
Panique, of Brgy. San Antonio in Himamaylan City, topped the 42K event while Jason Agravante of Silay City placed third. Jennlyn Nobleza also of Silay City placed second in the women’s group.
Nursing a foot injury halfway from the starting line, Panique kept on his stride and maintained his pace so as not to allow a foreigner to overtake him.
Panique said the presence of foreign marathoners, mostly those from Kenya, motivated him to deliver his best. Panique finished the race with a time of 2 hours 30 minutes and 16.72 seconds.
The 28-year-old Panique, who ruled every running event in Negros Occidental and in Western Visayas, and a heart-break kid in the 2010 Milo edition when he failed to sustain his lead, and was overtaken by the winner at the finish line.*NAB
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